Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Montenegro: traveling to a new country for...

Montenegro - our visit here was for the sole purpose of... DINNER!!! Yes, that's right - traveling to an entirely new country in order to eat... While on holidays in Croatia, someone recommended a particular restaurant to us in neighbouring Montenegro. Seeing as we had a car and the border wasn't particularly far away, it seemed like a great idea to get a new stamp in the passport and enjoy some more tasty food.

For awhile there, I wondered if we would actually make it over the border - seeing as these countries are not part of the EU, border control actually exists down here (unlike where we live where you can drive between countries without getting your passport checked). We accidentally drove a little too far over the border, not stopping quite in time for the customs check and for a couple of moments (well, until we reversed) I was envisaging us being chased through no-mans land with machine gun touting customs officials... Lets just say the customs lady wasn't particularly impressed that we were having a giggle at our error, but after checking our papers & searching the boot, we were on our way through no-mans land before crossing border control for Montenegro.

First impressions of this country that none of us knew anything about - it honestly felt like we were back in Nepal. The falling apart roadside stalls, lush jungle-y forests and devastated buildings made it feel more like we were in a developing country, rather then Europe. As we drove on, I think we all began to wonder about this supposed 'romantic' restaurant we were going to eat at - surely there couldn't be anywhere decent to eat in a place like this???

Just before Sean ran out of directions (yes, our tom tom is named Sean - shaken, not stirred), this gorgeous lake & mountains came into view... Along with two very friendly Montenegrin dogs!

Before long, we had reached our restaurant and it definitely lived up to my expectations - with a beautiful old stone building, an outdoor eating area, streams, ponds, ducklings, water mills & boats, it was a pretty special setting for a delicious meal.

So there you have it - traveling to a new country for the sole purpose of dinner... It was definitely worth the effort!!!

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